March 15th, 2010
One of the few pitfalls of my job here at Lion Brand is that as people call and write with questions about patterns, I get exposed to lots and lots of great patterns, all of which I want to make right now. I actually have a folder in my browser toolbar where I drop all of the pattern pages because, really, once it got over 10, I knew I’d never remember all of them. The fact that I have easy access to the yarn called for in all these patterns just exacerbates the problem. I’m usually pretty good about pacing myself, but after the holidays I decided to reward myself by casting on one of these projects.
I was torn between the Graceful Top (because summer’s just around the corner, really) and the Floral Fantasy Pullover (pretty!), and was also considering the Saturday Morning Hoodie (because who doesn’t need another comfy cardigan?). So I was trying to choose and then a customer called with a question about the Play It Cool Neckwarmer, and I clicked on the link in the pattern description for the Casual Comfort Pullover that it’s shown with–and the next thing I knew, I had all the yarn and a pair of needles in my lap, and I was casting on!
I decided to substitute Hometown USA for the Wool-Ease Thick & Quick called for in the pattern, just because I know I really love the softness of the Hometown USA and enjoy working with it. Since they’re both category 6 yarns, substituting was no problem at all.
This was a quick and easy project that resulted in a beautiful, comfortable sweater. I’ve already worn it twice and gotten lots of compliments both times. Now I just have to decide what to make next!